WAUKESHA — December 16, 2009 — On Saturday, December 5th the Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) of Waukesha County, Inc. became a new safe haven for greyhounds being displaced due to the impending Kenosha racetrack closing.
Already in partnership with Greyhound Pets of America (GPA) – Wisconsin since February 2009, HAWS is increasing the number of greyhounds housed at the Waukesha shelter while GPA is inundated with dogs needing housing with Dairyland ending live racing on December 31.
“We want to do anything we can to help them out in this time of need,” noted Lynn Olenik, HAWS Executive Director. “GPA has many dogs to move in a short amount of time and we’re happy to help out. The greyhounds add a wonderful spirit to our facility; our staff and volunteers love having them here.”
Female greyhounds Toy, Chic and Devi, along with male greyhound Bill, joined Lexi – a greyhound already in residence at HAWS due to the ongoing HAWS-GPA agreement – on the 5th. By Saturday, December 12th, Lexi and Chic had been adopted out to their new homes. Bill and Devi were placed on hold that day, and will be heading out to foster care this week prior to going to their adoptive families.
Five (5) more greyhounds are scheduled to arrive at HAWS this coming Saturday, December 19th.
Noted Ellen Paulus, GPA-Wisconsin President, “We are so thankful to be working with HAWS! And, it is great exposure for our greyhounds to be at HAWS, so people who see them realize that greyhounds can – and do – make great pets after their racing careers are over.”
The greyhounds participating in the program live at HAWS and receive spay/neuters from the HAWS Spay-Neuter Initiative Program clinic. They are available for viewing 7 days a week along with the other adoptable animals at HAWS. Those interested in pursuing adoption are directed to contact local GPA representatives to continue the process. HAWS viewing hours begin daily at 1:00 p.m.
A non-profit organization established in 1965, HAWS assists over 6,000 animals each year and welcomes more than 31,000 human visitors to our shelter annually. As an “open admissions” shelter HAWS assures sanctuary for all animals in need, while offering educational programs and services to promote responsible pet ownership and prevent animal abuse. The shelter is located at 701 Northview Road in Waukesha , Wisconsin . For more information call (262) 542-8851 or log onto our website at www.hawspets.org.
Three New Breeds Gain Full AKC Recognition
A sturdy spaniel and two hard-working coonhounds have joined the AKC registry, bringing the total number of AKC breeds to 164.
The Bluetick Coonhound has a typical “bawling” bark and the ability to stay on the most intricate of tracks, making it a prized companion for sporting families. The Boykin Spaniel, the state dog of South Carolina, has a cheerful, energetic personality and the stamina to work or play all day long. The Redbone Coonhound has a beautiful red coat, great stamina, and an even-tempered, trainable nature. www.akc.org